Saturday, October 08, 2005

Bahrain/Uzbekistan update

Uzbekistan's challenge--the one I mentioned earlier--has backfired. Today's redo was a 1-1 draw. It'll all come down to Wednesday's second leg in Bahrain.

It's worth noting that the two legs are being officiated by European officials rather than Asian ones. Fairly or unfairly, European refs have a reputation as the best in the world. Usually games are officiated by officials from their own region, but it looks like FIFA didn't want to take any chances for any other mistakes, so Massimo Busacca of Switzerland officiated today. England's Graham Poll has Wednesday's leg.


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